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Ben and Nell

Nell Coonen-Korte had no idea her passion for sport would inspire the creation of a global inclusive fitness model. Nell’s powerlifting coach, Ben Swarts, noticed the huge health disparities in fitness and health for people with intellectual disabilities. Together, Ben and Nell developed the SOfit health promotion program with Special Olympics Minnesota. SOfit empowers people with and without intellectual disabilities to improve their health and change the way they look at diet, daily exercise and lifestyle choices. Today, thousands of people around the world are leading healthier lives thanks to Ben and Nell’s leadership.